Thelma Adams

Thelma Adams
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T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 76% Pieces of a Woman (2020) The first act turns on her extended labor -- a long, sweaty action sequence as breathless as any in The Bourne Identity. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Oscar-and-Emmy-winning powerhouse actress Regina Kin, flexes her muscles behind the camera as a feature film director -- and it's clear it will be the first of many. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 99% MLK/FBI (2021) Prolific Emmy winner Pollard (who has chronicled Zora Neale Hurston, Sammy Davis Jr., and August Wilson) weaves rich black-and-white archival footage with the shrewd insights of political experts and historians. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 97% The Dissident (2020) Bold, brutal and controversial, Fogel's picture may get a deserved Oscar nomination for best documentary. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
5/5 97% Gunda (2020) Few films capture the intense, sticky bond between a mother and her offspring so simply and wrenchingly, without remark, or convey the knowledge that we carnivores are devouring souls with every bite of bacon. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 28% Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Magically delicious... How these two sexy stunners could live side by side and not fall madly in love despite the arrival of his boorish but hot American cousin makes for a very heavy fantasy soufflé. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
4/5 57% The Prom (2020) As a perpetual chorus girl, Nicole Kidman delivers a showstopper with the Bob Fosse-inspired number "The Lady's Improving." While uneven and baggy, it's fun. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
4/5 96% Nomadland (2020) Frances McDormand inhabits Fern... It's an earnest, grounded, immersive performance in a quiet movie that portrays "flyover country" as a landscape where independent spirits can still strike out on their own. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
3/5 16% Stardust (2020) Teeth aside, [Johnny Flynn]'s a serviceable Bowie look-alike, though the high cost of Bowie's music rights means he only gets to sing covers of other artists' tunes. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
5/5 96% Zappa (2020) This compelling, entertaining and no-B.S. documentary, directed by Alex Winter and produced by Frank's son Ahmet, gives a full picture of the Italian American musical iconoclast. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
4/5 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) Alexander Nanou's gut-wrenching film underscores the power of a relentless press to right wrongs, save lives and cauterize corruption. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 70% The Last Vermeer (2020) The handsome period thriller would have benefitted from a zippier pace, and Bang is stiff and square. But Pearce's complicated, flamboyant historical figure is total best actor Oscar bait. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 46% Fatman (2020) This Bad Santa-like B-movie has its jollies, plus the inspired Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Mrs. Kringle. She blows warmth and good sense into a character who could have been merely a wig and an apron. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 67% Ammonite (2020) Their passion never catches fire, but... the award-winning duo tries hard. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 89% The Climb (2020) The Climb entertains while capturing the cycle of two schlemiels whose bond exceeds the sum of their parts. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Director Leigh Whannell slickly moves the predictable plot along and revels in the cat-and-mouse tricks that can be played by an amoral, invisible aggressor. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2020
5/5 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) With minimal dialogue from the Cannes Film Festival award-winning screenwriter Céline Sciamma and the gilded, perfectly composed imagery from cinematographer Claire Mathon, the movie presents a feast for the eye and a salve for the heart. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
4/5 92% The Assistant (2020) The graceful [Julia] Garner glues the movie together, nailing the intelligence and ambition of this naïve professional bargaining with the devil for career advancement. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
4/5 75% The Gentlemen (2020) The Gentlemen is a snappy action movie for grownups. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
3/5 13% Dolittle (2020) Sure, there were too many passing gas gags, and a certain amount of lazy, rude jokes expected to fly over the kids' heads and entertain their folks, but the Iron Man megastar captures the zaniness of talking to animals as nutty as he is. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
4/5 95% Little Women (2019) Gerwig has delivered an ambitious, energetic and sweeping Little Women for our time. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 98% 63 Up (2019) The tone has become melancholy and wise. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
4/5 82% The Report (2019) A wonky, All the President's Men-style whistleblower drama from Scott Z. Burns. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 61% The Current War: Director's Cut (2019) Despite a top-notch cast always worth watching, for a drama with war in its title, there's a lot of smoke and minimal fire. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
3/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) This sixth installment puts the third, fourth and fifth to shame. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
5/5 80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) A bold, ridiculous and controversial comedy. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
5/5 98% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Nimble, funny, complex and heartbreaking, Parasite is a stinging indictment of economic inequality. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
5/5 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) This movie is as American as shrimp 'n' grits. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2019
3/5 41% The Laundromat (2019) The topic is fascinating, the cast top-flight, but it's a jumble - the narrative underdeveloped, sudsy and unsatisfying. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 82% Judy (2019) Renée Zellweger returns to the screen ablaze, singing as if her life depends on it. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
3/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Despite flaws, the movie intelligently captures the novel's intertwining themes... - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
4/5 95% A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Hanks is a beacon of warmth and humanity from the moment he zips up his trademark red cardigan and addresses the audience. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
3/5 49% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Bernadette is a vibrant creative spirit, and Blanchett blithely gives the character her all. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
5/5 89% Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (2019) An inspiring portrait of the trailblazing rock 'n' roller, a big-hearted girl with a gorgeous voice and a soul to match. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
4/5 97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) She's very guarded, but a friend, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, got her to open up in a fascinating way. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
5/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) A.J. Eaton's moving-and-grooving documentary among this summer's most delightful and insightful films. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
5/5 98% Maiden (2019) A thrilling, often weepy tale of female empowerment. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 98% The Farewell (2019) The action might take place largely in a distant country, but there's nothing foreign about the emotions. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) By crafting complex yet comic characters, Kaling creates an entertaining and engaging balance between humor and pathos. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 41% The Tomorrow Man (2019) Debut writer-director Noble Lincoln Jones' dramedy is a delightful oddity in our superhero era. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) It's fun to see all these character threads unravel, and knit up, as the movie waddles toward its big but indifferent climax of Avengers versus Thanos. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
4/5 47% The Chaperone (2019) The focus isn't on the bratty flapper but McGovern's character's hesitant, poignant attempt to find out what she wants to be when she grows up, in a time and place where nobody wants her to be much of anything at all. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 66% The Public (2019) The story's moral has obviousness problems, the plot's predictable, and its sweetness will annoy as many as it pleases. But it's still warm, winsome and droll, and the spectacular cast fills underwritten roles with radiant star power. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 93% Diane (2019) Mary Kay Place... gets the role of a lifetime in Diane. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 58% The Highwaymen (2019) Age hasn't dimmed Costner's leading-man charisma. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore channels her inner awkwardness and vulnerability. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The movie's chief delights are the Cruz-Bardem pairing and Farhadi's generosity toward all the characters as he veers from joy to terror. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Is the Glass half-empty or half-full? Just let it break, suspend disbelief and let the M. Night rise with three actors who always entertain. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 21% The Aspern Papers (2019) The drama features opulent production design (the floral arrangements!), providing ample eye candy for fans of period movies. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
43% The Upside (2019) Hart seems to be desperately underwater for most of the movie. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019